Alex C. '20 and Hunter R. '20 were nominated by St. Michael's teachers and the American Legion, Travis Post 76 to attend Boys State at The University of Texas at Austin. The goal of the program is to expose participants to the rights and privileges, duties, and responsibilities of citizenship.
During the weeklong program, students ran for political positions in a mock government, learned proper flag etiquette, and heard a speech from Texas Senator John Cornyn, among other public officials.
“Boys State was one of the best experiences of my life. I truly discovered a passion for public service and developed lifelong friendships and memories,” Rogers said.
Cannata added that Boys State was “an incredible experience” unlike any other.
“My favorite part of the program was being in the House of Representatives and being able to make, pass, or veto laws and bills. I highly recommend Boys State for anybody that gets nominated,” he said.
According to a program description on the American Legion website, Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a “participatory program where each student becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.”
Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935, when it was organized to counter the fascist-inspired Young Pioneer Camps.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young women called Girls State.